An unconventional love story set in the world of private prisons, where inmates work for giant corporations.

Premiere Date
April 1, 2000
60 minutes
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Kelly Anderson

Kelly Anderson is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker whose documentaries include My Brooklyn (America ReFramed), Every Mother's Son (POV/ITVS), and Out At Work (HBO). Her work has received the Tribeca Audience Award, a GLAAD Award, and a national Emmy nomination. She currently chairs the Department of Film and Media Studies at Hunter College.

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The Film

An unconventional love story set in the South in the near future, Shift unfolds in a world of high unemployment, low-wage service jobs, tough anti-crime laws, and private prisons where inmates earn less than minimum wage working for giant corporations. One night Louis, an inmate doing corporate telemarketing, calls Melanie, a waitress in a South Carolina airport coffee shop. Frustrated with her dead-end job and unemployed husband, Melanie flirts with Louis and a volatile relationship begins.